Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Energy Saver Mode!

After a long, busy week, Saturday is the perfect day to be a little lazy, or, as I like to tell my family, spend a little time in "energy saver mode!" For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, Melissa Craig has made a fun page commemorating her son in one of these "energy saver" moments. I love the look on his face, like he can barely muster enough energy to acknowledge the photographer -- ha ha! I have seen this look so many times on my own children's faces, and I bet you have on yours as well!

To create this layout, Melissa used a dotty paper and a sentiment from the "Lazy Day" set. She added visual interest not by adding lots of embellishments, but by rotating the layers to create a fun geometric pattern that highlights the photo itself. This really shows how scrapbooking does not need to be overly complicated to be beautiful. The important part is the memories that are captured, and this one is priceless!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Birdie Hello

I don't think I realized how much I like birds until I started drawing digis. There are so many different varieties of birds, and they make such sweet little subjects! Speaking of sweet, we have a card to share with you today that definitely meets that description. This darling 'Hello' card was made by Sandy Domelle. She used a precolored image from the "Little Birdie" set, but added her own little touches to spruce it up. Green grass, a fun, dotty sky, and little bits of glitter, combined with cute patterned papers and a button tied with a bow really bring the image to life in Sandy's style. Hope this brings a smile to your face today -- we need more smiles in the world! :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Get "Whale" for Dale with Kathy D.

Although many of us craft cards to create a "stash" to have on hand for various needs, sometimes we want our cards to be very personalized. That was the case for Kathy D., our September Guest Designer, when her dear friend, Dale, went in for open heart surgery a couple of weeks ago. Knowing that she would be designing some projects for us anyway this month, Kathy asked me if I happened to have a whale digi. She mentioned that there was a story from Dale's childhood about a pink whale with a purple tail that he and his sisters were very fond of. So, "Dale the Whale" was born and, yes, one of the colored versions in the set is pink with a purple tail!

Kathy used this set to create a couple of darling cards. The first, at the top of today's post, is the one she made for Dale. She paper-pieced the little whale and his spout, and then printed her own personalized greeting (not included with this digi set) directly on to this fabulous patterned paper. If you look closely at the paper, the faint circle pattern on it resembles ripples in water.

For this second card, Kathy used the grey precolored whale from this same set, along with the "Get whale soon" sentiment. She added torn strips of paper to create the look of ocean waves for "Dale" to swim in. How fun is that?

To learn more about Kathy's creation process for these two darling cards, please visit her blog at Dunnitagain Designs. Kathy will be back here with one last Guest Designer creation next Wednesday, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Butterfly Sympathy

This week we are sponsoring a few different challenges, including the one at Tuesday Throwdown. (For a complete list of challenges we are currently sponsoring, please take a peek at our right sidebar.) Do stop over there and play along for a chance to win some of our digis, and to see the spectacular creations that their Design Team have made to inspire you!

Today's share was made by  Stephanie Wright for this challenge. The theme of this week's challenge is "Butterflies and Bows" -- so sweet! Stephanie used an image from the "Fluttering By" set, along with a sentiment from the "Rose Regards" set to create this. Stephanie colored the image beautifully, don't you think? I especially love the glittery touches she added to the butterfly wings, and the fun pearls at the ends of its antennae! Combined with her lovely layered papers and that marvelous bow, this makes a very elegant sympathy card. Although I know we all hate to make sympathy cards, they are very appreciated by the recipients in their times of need, especially when so much obvious care is put into their creation!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Challenge Inspiration Week 3 with Kathy D.

It's Monday, and that means it's time for some Digi of the Month Challenge inspiration! This week we are blessed to have a delightful little project by our September Guest Designer, Kathy D. of Dunnitagain Designs, to inspire you.

Using the apple cup image from this month's featured set -- "Fall Warm-up" Kathy created this sweet cider pocket card. Kathy says of this project:

"When I first saw this digital stamp I loved the Friendship quote because it is so true! Last year friends of ours brought over Apple Cider to one of our marriage groups and my husband loved it! So it reminded me of our dear friends that shared their apple cider. I thought it would make a cute gift to package it and have that saying on there. That is how this pocket card gift came about. I used the Pocket Card Tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. I include the paper slip along with the packet of cider so a note could be written to the recipient. And yes that is the yummy cider packet my husband now loves!"

Thank you, Kathy, for such a heart-warming (and tummy-warming!) share this week!

A pocket card like Kathy's is just one of many possibilities of projects that you could make using the September Digi of the Month. Whatever you make, don't forget to link it to our challenge post by Sunday, September 28 so that you can get next month's featured set for FREE!